Academy Member Inducted 2024

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Hon. Paul Gurney (Ret.), Mediator, Kansas City, Missouri.

Hon. Paul Gurney (Ret.)

Jay Daugherty Mediation & Arbitration Center
4717 Grand Avenue
Suite 830
Kansas City, MO 64112
Tel: (816) 931-6300
Fax: (816) 531-2795
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  • Practice Commenced2022
  • # of MEDS (as of 14/7/24)200
  • # of ARBS (as of 14/7/24) 
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Online / In-Person


A graduate of Stanford University, and the University of Kansas School of Law, Judge Gurney had over three decades of trial experience when he was appointed to the Johnson County District Court in 2013, having represented individuals, as well as a variety of businesses and governmental entities, in courts across the metro area.

During his nearly ten years on the Court, Judge Gurney handled a civil docket, hearing cases involving claims of legal and medical malpractice, personal injury, and construction defects, as well as commercial and real estate disputes. He conducted numerous jury and bench trials, as well as mediations, and he presided over many cases of complex, and multi-party litigation.

Judge Gurney brings his extensive experience, from the perspective of both a judge and a litigator, to the practice of mediation. Highly ranked by members of the Johnson County Bar for both his knowledge of the law and his fairness, Judge Gurney recognizes the value of mediation, based on carefully calculated case evaluation, to assist litigants in achieving their goal of efficient case resolution.

Case Experience

  • Admiralty
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Education
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wrongful Death


  • B.A. Stanford University, 1979
  • J.D. University of Kansas School of Law, 1982

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court
  • Wyandot Mental Health, Past Board President
  • Kansas City , Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Past Legal Counsel
  • Johnson County District Court
  • Chair of the Civil Department
  • Member of the Executive, Judicial Allocation, Courthouse Security, and Court Administrator Selection Committees
  • Member of the Pandemic Response Team
  • Member of the Financial Audit Task Force
  • Coordinator of Summer Judicial Internship Program for KU and UMKC law student

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